Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Backstage Performances and US Tour Round UP


"Graceland. Don't know what it is about the place. Totally inspiring and always a jaw dropping experience. The massive new exhibit across the street just happened to open 1 year ago yesterday. Bumping into the worlds greatest Elvis impersonator Shawn Klush was a bonus. Brian, Finbarr and myself sang Galway to Graceland for him. A very cool day.” #elvis #graceland

“Darren mentioned they sang Galway to Graceland at Graceland? Well it just so happens someone recorded it, so here it is! Enjoy!”

Live From Backstage

New York State of Mind. Live from a snowy NYC before the High Kings New York City Winery show 7th March 2018.” #killingtimebackstage #hkusa18

“Backstage today in Virginia, as a little tribute to the late Thom Moore, here is his beautiful song 'Cavan Girl'.”

Happy St Patrick's Day From Darren

“Hope you are having the best St. Patrick's Day and wearing your shamrock with pride. The High Kings are sold out tonight at The Forbes Performings Arts Center in Harrisonburg VA. Bring it on.”

“Backstage before tonight's show in Virginia for the day that's in it. A very impromptu and unrehearsed Danny Boy with Brian.” #stpatricksday

Happy St Patrick's Day From the High Kings

HKHQ: “Happy St. Patrick's Day to all our fans, friends and families around the world! We will be celebrating tonight at Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg, Virginia - All our love from Finbarr, Brian, Darren and George xxx" #DecadeUSA

On the 18th March 2012, the High Kings headlined the Lord Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square. This is their performance of a couple of old set favourites from earlier in the 'Decade'. They left London after the event to fly to Washington DC and the White House!

US Tour Round Up


“Good morning Memphis.”

Photos from the High Kings show at in Memphis during the first week of the tour. Photos copyright Charlie Brock, thanks for sharing Charlie


“Great to be back in Nashville. Broadway is hopping and it's only 3pm!”
#musiccityusa #hkusa18

“Saturday night in Nashville...Sold out, what can I say! Unbelievable. You guys were incredible. So many special moments during the show. Goosebumps when you raised the roof with "Oh Maggie". To write a song and have it sung so loudly in Music City words. Thanks for indulging us "That's Alright". Gotta have some Elvis. Memphis on Friday night....beautiful. What a great audience. We just rolled into Asheville, North Carolina on a sunny Sunday morning.”

The High Kings performing Black Velvet Band in a SOLD OUT Nashville!

Photos from the High Kings show at in Memphis during the first week of the tour. Photos copyright Charlie Brock, thanks for sharing Charlie


“Tonight it's The Isis Music Hall, Asheville, North Carolina.” #hkusa18

NYC Winery Take 1!

“Back in the old stomping ground.”

New York, New York. It always feels like coming home. Thanks to you all for braving the snow to be here. We had a blast. So great to come back here again.” #citywinery #nyc #secondhome #hkusa18

Old Saybrook

“2 great sold out nights in Old Saybrook Connecticut. Thanks to everyone for coming out to see us at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Center.”

Photo copyright Lehan Sullivan


"Could be worse, but I'm pretty done with snow at this stage."


Photos copyright Ruth B Fogarty

Ann Arbour

“Ann Arbour, Michigan just might have been the show of the tour last night. What a crowd. Loud as folk. Totally fun show. Thanks to the huge crowd who came out to see us.” #hkusa

NYC Winery Take 2!

New York City. You broke my heart last night during "Town" and lifted it higher that you could imagine.
Beautiful to hear an audience reaction throughout the song.
Thank you very much. It's a pleasure to sing such a classic. Last night we dedicated it to the memory of Liam O Flynn.” #coulter

You've seen Darren's status about the Town I Loved So Well at the City Winery in NYC last night. This is the performance, thanks Jennifer Leary for recording and sharing it.


Columbus Ohio! Wow! What an incredible crowd tonight. That was ridiculous. Loved it.
Massive thanks to everyone for a brilliant night.” #hkusa18

Leaving of Liverpool live from Columbus.


“St. Patrick's Night in Harrisonburg Virginia. What a fantastic crowd. Great fun! Thanks to everyone for coming out last night.” #hkusa18


Irish Pub, live from the Birchmere Alexandria.

Kansas City

HKHQ: “Our show in Kansas City Irish Center has become the 16th sold out show on our 18 date tour!!” #DecadeUSA #Proud


“Random pic. Chicago alleyway behind tonight's venue.” #sunset

Chicago. As always... brilliant. What a fantastic show last night at City Winery. One of the loudest and funniest crowds of the tour so far. Thanks to everyone for coming out to see us.”


“Ready to rock another sold out show tonight at Cedarburg PAC Wisconsin. 
Penultimate concert of this US tour.”

“Cedarburg! What a super crowd and a great night. Tonight had a bit of everything thrown in. Elvis, Riverdance....way too much fun. 
One show to go on the US tour!”


“End of US tour.”

Batavia, Illinois. What a great way to finish the US Tour. Amazing crowd to send us on our way. Too much fun.
Thanks to every single person who came out to see us in America over the last 3 and a half weeks. Huge thanks to our super crew Bobby Vivien Paddy and to our fantastic bus driver Patrick.”

From the Archives

On St Patrick’s Day, Ireland, already confirmed as the 2018 Six Nations rugby champions, took on England at Twickenham. The convincing win saw them completing the Grand Slam for only the third time in their history, the last in 2009. Back in 2014, the High Kings got to perform Ireland's Call at Twickenham before the England Ireland game, they didn't win that day, but this win certainly made it a very Happy St Patrick's Day 2018 for Irish rugby and their supporters.

Tour Dates

The High Kings are back home in Ireland, just!!! There's no break in sight as they hit the road to kick off the Irish Spring Tour.
So Irish fans, or those wanting an excuse to visit the Emerald Isle, time to get your tickets if you haven't already! It would be nice to see those Sold Out signs up on their home turf! 

UK Tour November, ON SALE NOW! Venue websites generally have a better ticket choice than ticket outlets and often have the option to select your own seats.

Please visit regularly for the up to date full list of dates and venues as they are confirmed. Dates are often announced first on the High Kings Facebook page

Thursday, 8 March 2018

German Tour Round Up and New UK Tour Dates

Irish Cruise

“An incredible week in the Caribbean with Brian and Finbarr. One of the very special times we've had together, and we all had our wives with us to make it perfect. Huge thanks to Gertrude Byrne for a sensational cruise with top class artists including Nathan Carter, Engelbert, Charlie Pride, Michael English and so many more.
Great times.”

German Tour Round Up


Hannover! What a night. What a welcome back to Germany. Fantastic. 

Big thanks to you all for an unreal show.” #hk18

Black Velvet Band live from Hannover. The video turns after a few seconds in.

Photo copyright


“After a travel day, it was great to unwind in the totally unique ' Fitness Manufakter gym in Karlsruhe. The owner extended a warm welcome, a personal training session, plus threw in a complimentary Protein shake on the house. You don't get that everyday.” #hk18

Karlsruhe! What a night. One of the largest audiences we have ever played to in Germany! Louder than loud and totally up for the party. A night to remember for sure!” #hk18


“Thank you Köln! Thank you GLORIA THEATER ! What a crowd! Loved it!!” #Köln #SoldOut #Decade #germany

Leaving of Liverpool live from Cologne.


Aschaffenburg on a Monday night blew us away tonight. Bavaria knows how to party! What a totally great audience. Loved it. On to Munich.” #germany #hk18


“Accordion to many, this is the biggest German tour to date. Tonight....Munich.”
#hk18 #decade 


“When the gym is really this good 

Thank you to 'All inclusive Fitness' in Essen for taking care of us this morning.” #hk18 #decade

Essen! You lot are crazy! Great fun tonight. Thank you all for coming out to see us.” #hk18 #germany

Oh Maggie live from Essen.

HKHQ: “Sharing some snaps taken by our good friend Stefan Claus Konzert und Festival Nerd at our Essen show on 8th Feb.”


"Oldenburg! Wow! That was nuts!
What a way to spend Friday night. Too much fun. Thank you to every one of you for an incredible evening." #hk18 #germany #holdenburg


“Tonight in Hamburg, the force that is music presented itself in all its beauty.
Our stage manager told me that during 'The Town I Loved so Well' he saw an old man and a young lady in different parts of the audience cry during different parts of the song.
Here we are in Germany, and an amazing song written by Phil Coulter about Derry has carried that far and deeply affected two people that have possibly never been to Ireland.
That's magic. That's music.” #hk18


“Thank You Berlin. What a great night. One of the best audiences of the tour. A fantastic welcome back to your great city. To those fans we met that traveled from The UK, Poland, Hungary and Italy especially for the show...we can't thank you enough. Unreal dedication.” #hk18 #germany


Leipzig! What a way to wrap up the German leg of the Decade tour. Unreal night. Fantastic crowd and atmosphere. Thank you Germany! 'Til next time.” #decade #hk18

From the Archives

The High Kings are spending the 2018 on the road celebrating a 'Decade' of the band's music. Turning the clock back to 8 July 2013, Darren sings Galway girl at the 'Friends For Life' album preview show at Borderline London. This time he left the accordion playing to Sharon Shannon who joined them on stage for a few songs.

Tour Dates

UK Tour

UK Fans, 8 date tour announced for November!

UK November Decade tour tickets on sale now direct from the venues or via Gig Cartel links on and various other ticket outlets.


Most venue websites allow you to select your own seats and have a better seat choice than those allocated to ticket outlets like Ticketmaster and Eventim etc.


“Dutch fans! The High Kings have just announced an Amsterdam show for 1st November.”

Irish Spring Tour

Tickets are ON SALE for the 12 dates Irish Spring Tour 30 March – 28 April.
See the High Kings Website for details of dates, venues and ticket links.

Next stop USA!

The High Kings left a snow covered Ireland with the worst of the snow still to come forcing a red alert weather warning. Storm Emma was due to hit later that day, and it did! Dublin Airport was closed the following morning!

“Think we might be one of the only flights to get going this morning” #hkusa18

Tickets for a lot of the venues on the US Tour have been SOLD OUT for a while now, but some venues are still available.


Due to demand, an additional NYC City Winery show has been added on 14th March, tickets ON SALE now!

We'll be back with a round up of the US Tour in a few weeks, in the meantime please follow Darren's official Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as it happens, including live updates from Darren and the High Kings.

Thanks for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team